Indian Navy


Indian Navy

Indian Navy

Indian Navy


The Indian Navy, by virtue of its capabilities, strategic positioning and robust presence in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), has been a catalyst for peace, tranquillity and stability in the IOR. It has been engaged with other maritime nations, extending the hand of friendship and cooperation. 

Brief History

On India attaining Independence, the Royal Indian Navy consisted of 32 ageing vessels suitable only for coastal patrol, along with 11,000 officers and men. The senior officers were drawn from the Royal Navy, with R Adm ITS Hall, CIE, being the first post-independence Commander-in-Chief. The Prefix ‘Royal’ was dropped on 26 January 1950 with India being constituted as a Republic. The First Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Navy was Adm Sir Edward Parry, KCB, who, handed over to Adm Sir Mark Pizey, KBE, CB, DSO in 1951, Adm Pizey also became the first Chief of the Naval Staff in 1955, and was succeeded by V. Adm SH Carlill, CB, DSO. On 22 April 1958 V Adm Katari was assumed as the first Indian Chief of the Naval Staff.


Indian Navy is headed by the Chief of Naval Staff with headquarters at New Delhi. He is assisted by Vice Chief of Naval Staff, Chief of Personnel, Chief of Material and Deputy Chief of Naval Staff. 

Commands and Headquarters 

Eastern Command –– Vishakhapatnam 
Southern Command –– Kochi 
Western Command –– Mumbai 
Ranks of Indian Navy: 
1. Navy
3. Vice Admiral
4. Red Admiral 
5. Commodore
6. Captain 
7. Commander
8. Lt. Commander 
9. Lieutenant
10. Sub-Lieutenant 

Categories of Indian Navy

Administration, Logistics and Material, Training, The FGleets, The Naval Aviation and The Submarine Arm. 0 0 0
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